Wisconsin Clean Cities received Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program funding in 2013 and partnered with Waukesha County Technical College to offer over-the-road trucks eco-driving training. Eco-driving involves learning techniques to maximize a vehicle’s energy efficiency.
The drivers were taught eco-driving skills such as progressive shifting, efficient route planning, vehicle checklists, emission reduction, anti-idling practices and other fuel-saving tips. The class consisted of time in a simulator where the software could be customized. Drivers also received behind the wheel, on the road training with licensed trainers. Drivers were evaluated before and after the course. Evaluations were completed on a simulator and drivers returned two to four weeks after the initial class for final simulator evaluation.
Through driver awareness, eco-driving aimed to reduce fleet fuel consumption and vehicle miles traveled therefore increasing productivity, lowering fuel costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in southeast Wisconsin. The program ended in 2015.
Chicago Area Clean Cities Meeting Presentation
Progressive Shifting Video
Progressive Shifting Example Video
Fuel Saving Tips Video
Creating Efficient Route Plans Video
Idle Reduction Video
Speed & Space Management Techniques Video
Other Fuel Saving Ideas Video